Windows Blue to replace Windows 8 in just a few months?

Windows Blue to replace Windows 8 in just a few months?
So, as we all know, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have both only been on the market a short time, but rumor has it that Microsoft may already be getting ready to release an OS update that supersedes both to an extent, called Windows Blue, and it may even replace Windows 8 in just a few months. It sounds a bit crazy, but it may be true. 

Apparently, the word is that Windows Blue will look much like Windows 8 with just some minor UI tweaks, and will likely keep the Windows 8 name, but everything behind it could be very different, including the pricing. Microsoft wants Windows Blue to be on everyone's computer, which means it could even be released for free to ensure users upgrade. From there, the idea is that Microsoft would offer regular yearly updates which will be standardized across desktop and mobile devices.

Microsoft is also planning to release a new Windows SDK along with the updates, and will stop accepting apps written using the Windows 8 SDK, although Windows 8 legacy apps will still run on Windows Blue. This change in the SDK could easily include options to make apps universal and run on any Windows device from phones to tablets and desktops. 

None of that sounds too far fetched, and it all seems like things Microsoft has been working towards. The strange thing is that the reports have Microsoft releasing this update in mid-2013,. It's unclear if you'll have to be coming from Windows 8 to update to Blue, but given that Microsoft wants this to be the standard, it would seem likely that you could come from older versions of Windows. Even if the upgrade is free initially, it will likely look like a yearly fee or subscription to keep the updates coming. 

source: The Verge

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35 Comments

1. coinmanmat

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

sounds like it basically could be a service pack update to Win 8

2. MeoCao unregistered

Agree, I don't believe MS has enough innovation to make a new distinctive Windows version every year.

11. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

It's not a question of innovation, it's a question of priorities. Microsoft can't push out an "iMap quality" OS update and still expect businesses, they're biggest customers, to take it laying down

28. MeoCao unregistered

I think it shoud be about innovation. It's different in mobile where updates are free, in PC ppl have to pay. So in MS new model I think many ppl will be fooled to upgrade w/o much value for money.

14. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Boo yearly paying update subscriptions!!!!!!!!! :(

19. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

in india, ms has a huge monopoly. dont understand why u hate ms. i m sure u r using a windows pc.

20. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

PC = no problem, we use Microsoft. Phones = different story altogether.

25. MeoCao unregistered

MS and Intel are the reason of stagnation in PC industry. Time and time again we witness great ideas were killed or robbed by MS and then there are no more innovation but MS. I hate monopoly.

31. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

How can someone hate Monopoly? its one of the best games i have played on my iPad. You can play it alone, you can play it with friends. I have never played such an addicting game.,i just cant stop playing it. LOL

21. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

I think it's not an update from Win 8. Maybe Windows Blue is just another OS which is looks so much like Win 8 but less feature. Offered for free, so everyone can try to love the looks of Win 8. Then, they'll trapped buying Win 8.

3. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Interesting. If this article is correct Microsoft wants to make seamless experience on all their devices.

4. webOSlove unregistered

Yes, good idea for Microsoft. It will eliminate the fractured nature of their Eco system.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ehhh, i'm not sure how i feel about W8, i'm perfectly happy with 7 but if this is gonna be free then sure, i'll do it.

6. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I really hope Microsoft doesn't name their next product Windows 9. If they can't think of a good name, they can't make of a good product. (what happened to windows 8) ....and with Apple :D

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I bought a decent Gaming Computer with intel quadcore i5 processor, nvidia 620 graphics card, 8gb ram, expanable to 32, 1TB of memory, and a really awesome cooling system all for 600 dollars. Too bad it's running Windows 8, I have had nothing but issues with the OS and I have only had it for 2 days now.

9. yichentohjoel

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

geforce 620 and u call it a decent gaming computer?

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol my thoughts.

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

For its price and out of the box yes. Its easy to buy a new graphics card later.

15. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Decent as for what the price I paid for the desktop. You might be think spending 3000 on a computer is the way to go but for only 600, yes its decent.

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It's a decent gaming computer for the price. People think you have to have the best of the best but you can't always have that if you cant afford it. My favorite spot to get the best for cheapest is newegg. Some like tiger derect I think it's called but I like new egg. You can go there and yes if you build from scratch and build it yourself you probley can get a better computer for that price but what you got it is not that bad of a computer. I think one of the important part is getting motherboard that can be upgraded easily. I got a slim line gateway computer thinking I could upgrade it wich the instruction say you can but the problem was is I could not get a power supply box that alowed me to upgrade any thing and no memory chip would go into the machine without an error. So even though you might have got a decent computer make sure it can me upgraded easily. Also pay no attention to people that make fun of your coment or somthing you bought without actually giving a reason why and a alternative of something better. Those comments are of no help and I think should be moderated out of the coment section because it's just as bad as trolling.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I might be in the minority....but I think MS is moving too fast on the desktop side. Look how long XP was around and allowed to become one of the most stables OS's Microsoft has. IMO....Vista was given up on too quick. If it wasnt for trying to keep up with MS I would still be running Vista now. Look how fast Win 7 came out. Then 8. Many might not know it, but when XP first came out, it was considered a mess. All these years later and its considered on of their best OS's. XP really didnt get better until Service Pak 2.

13. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

XP is still amazing.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree, I still use it in a dual boot set up. Eventually I will go Win 7 all the way, its time I start taking more advantage of my PC specs. I have Win 7 64bit, XP Pro 32bit. Dual core machine, E8400 Intel cpu. I need to add more ram too, have 2GB right now. Looking to get my first quad core soon.

17. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Microsoft might wanna try their best to push everyone to windows 8 or blue or whatever they are going to call it but I do agree that they need to polish and make their latest OS as stable and user friendly as possible but they seem to just wanna jump to the next OS. I cant blame anyone for sticking with XP.

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don't think it's that long of a time and they do update there OS a lot with updates coming out all the time it just does not seem like it because like android they don't come out with versions like 4.1 to 4.2 they just come out with security updates as soon as there ready and it does not make it windows 8.1 or anything just updated version of the same system. I think the main goal was to integrate all platforms and if it works wich I hope it does it will make there tablet and phone sectors grow fast because a lot of people still use windows and it will make it so you will want a windows phone maybe. Pluse even though I still am loving android I am excited about trying my hands on a windows phone. If verizon would have got a lumia 920 or whatever it is called instead of the 820 I would have got it. I here it is an amazing phone. Especially when it comes to the hardware involved besides the processor. It has a amazing camera and recording capabilities

27. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

ok i know i might get some strife for this but XP is no longer amazing. True its still usable but the support for it and what you can do with it versus the current is far and far between. Just like the first xbox or the playstation one or even the first android device, its time to put certain things to bed and move on.

32. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'll gladly "move on" from XP when they finally stop releasing new OS's and make them stable.

18. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If Windows Phone becomes like Windows Desktop I will switch from Android because right now Android is the closest thing to Windows Desktop.

24. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If this is true, then Microsoft is finally coming to their senses

26. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

i still have a laptop running XP and its the best windows i've used till now. and amazingly its almost lag free compered to my win7 laptop

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